There’s a lot that goes into deciding that to pack in a hospital bag for baby. Lucky for you, I have experience with this- and I’m going to share what I packed the second time around.
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What to pack in hospital bag for baby
So I did this post when I was pregnant with Sam, sharing what I packed in my hospital bag for labor and delivery, but I wanted to do it again now that I’m a “seasoned pro” at this whole labor thing. I kid, I kid, but really, this time I know what I need/want to have with me, and what is completely unnecessary and I won’t be bringing with me this time. And so obviously I want to share this with you, in hopes that maybe some of you who are packing your bag will find it helpful! :) Without further ado, let’s get into what’s in my hospital bag… the second time around!
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First things first, don’t forget the car seat! We have and love this Maxi Cosi seat.
Toiletries (hair ties and clips, brush, dry shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, face wash, moisturizer, travel-size body wash)
Glasses + contacts case + contact solution
Makeup removing wipes (easy!)
My own pillow
Nursing bra (love this brand!)
Slippers (These are mine, which also double as regular shoes!)
Flip flops (for the shower! Or if you’re laboring in the warmer months)
Pajamas (LOVE these belabumbum pj’s! The buttons make them perfect for nursing!)
Going Home outfit (I’m packing some maternity leggings, a comfy top and a loose sweater, since comfort is KEY!)
Belly Bandit (I was also sent this and am looking forward to seeing the results from it post-baby. I didn’t end up wearing it in the hospital- and I wouldn’t recommend it! It’s all about comfort and skin-to-skin time with your baby!! Save the belly bandit for once you get home, when you aren’t cuddling your sweet newborn :))
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Boppy nursing pillow
Nursing cover (have and love this one!)
Cute swaddle blanket
Headband or beanie
Going Home Outfit (comfortable, soft and warm- bring both size newborn and 0-3 months, depending on how big Baby is! Pictured is a white onesie, little footed leggings, and a footed one-piece)
Mittens (Sam scratched his face so much when he was just born, and they didn’t have mittens at the hospital, so I’m making sure to bring these!)
Phone + portable charger
Camera + charger + extra memory card
iPad (for the waiting time)
And don’t forget the hubby! He’s good with some comfy clothes, a pillow, toothbrush and snacks. Men. So easy. ;)
As far as the necessities- diapers, wipes, pads, mesh undies (aka the best things everrrr haha) and things for post-birth, our hospital supplies it all, so we won’t worry about bringing that stuff.
And as for things I brought last time and won’t be including this time? A razor, tweezers, manicure scissors, loofah, shampoo and conditioner (that’s what dry shampoo is for!) and a nail file. Honestly not sure what I was thinking with a few of those things, but hey! Live and learn. ;)
I cannot believe that we are SO close to meeting our little princess! At 38 weeks, it could literally be any day now! And oh, I cannot wait!
So, fellow mamas, what did you pack in your hospital bag for baby?
I always treat myself to some yummy body wash and a new shampoo for that divine first shower after baby is born:) I have C-sections, so it’s a good day or more before I’m on my feet-and definitely time for a nice shower!!!
Mmm love that! I remember the first shower after childbirth was the most DIVINE thing ever!!
I will definitely save this for when I pack my hospital bag in a couple months! Where did you get those going home outfits for baby?
The onesie is from Old Navy and the little pants are h&m! :)
Emily @ Pretty Handsome
Don’t forget to pack a few things for the hubby!
Funny story – with my second, it was still a month before the due date and my husband and I were talking about how we should probably start putting a bag together. Low and behold, that night, my water broke. We were running around at 1am trying to throw one together from memory, and just hoping we didn’t forget anything.
YES, the hubby! I added that in there- thanks for reminding me! ;) And oh my gosh, that is crazy timing! Just goes to show you never know when Baby is ready to come!
Perfect timing on this post! I just started packing my bag yesterday. I’m 36 weeks- and feel like it’s still early- but I want to make sure we’re all ready to go!
Hey, it’s never too early- you just never know when Baby will come! :)
Brittany Ann Marie
I completely over packed and ended up using a fraction of what was in my bag.
-Going home outfit… Yoga pants, baggy tshirt and a sweater.
-pajamas (never wore)
-fleece bathrobe (delivered in Nov in WI so was expecting to be cold. The hospital was toasty and I was sweaty) – never wore.
-slippers- didn’t use, I used the slipper socks supplied by my hospital.
– toiletries. I did take 2 showers but used the body soap hosp had in shower. Used my own shampoo and conditioner.
– makeup. Only used for going home.
-a book that I never read haha.
-belly band. It caused by uterine contractions to be too painful, specially while nursing. So I only used once in the hosp. I did use more after going home.
I packed 3 outfits because I couldn’t make up my mind. But only 1 NB and my little was small.
Beanie with bow on it. (Too cold for headband)
Daddy bag was the same as yours except he packed extra singles and quarters for the vending machine.
Can’t wait to see your little girl. Congrats again Momma.
It’s so easy to overpack!! You definitely learn quickly what you need and what you’ll actually use! Makes for an easier time the second+ times around… ;)
excellent! thank you so much for sharing this info.
one question: what brand of mesh undies do you use? I never even thought of that! but I guess they might be veeeeery useful ????????
haha they are AMAZING. And I have no clue what brand they are- they’re just the undies the hospital provides. I made sure to bring a ton home and they are the besttttt after birth!
You’re so well prepared! I need to share this with my friend who is at 35 weeks.
I think a lot of people forget to pack something for the hubby, so it’s glad that you included that in there too!
Aw thanks! :) And yes, gotta remember the hubs!
What brand are your slippers? So you have a link to them?
They’re from Target! I just linked them above, but here it is too: http://bit.ly/1ZM1rQo
Hi Katie!!! Thanks for posting this–really helpful for a new mom-to-be here. ;) Question…what brand of dry shampoo do you use? Thanks!!!
Aww I’m so glad this was helpful, Abbie! :) I love Dove dry shampoo- here’s the link: http://amzn.to/1ZM1yvk
Katie did you use your Belly Bandit? What are your thoughts? Im debating on getting one!
I’m using it right now, and will definitely be sharing more on my thoughts soon, but for now I can say I’m a fan! I don’t wear it all the time, but when I do, I definitely notice when I take it off that my stomach feels firmer! :)
Great list! Depending on what type of birth you have planned, it can also be helpful to pack some positive affirmations or pictures to help focus, a swim suit top (I used the bath in the hospital), and lollipops help keep the mouth from getting dry while breathing. Oh, and some snacks for you! I delivered one of my boys at night and I was so hungry after but the kitchen was closed. I’m preparing for baby number 3 here in 7 weeks!
Great ideas! :) Best of luck to you with baby #3! So exciting!!
Where did you get your boppy cover from??
I got it from bitty b designs on etsy! Here’s the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/251924802/boppy-pillow-cover-nursing-pillow-cover?ref=shop_home_active_21
What bag is that? It looks like a JuJube but Im not sure.
Yup, it’s jujube- I linked to it in the post! :) http://amzn.to/1SHsD1N
Where did you get that beautiful carseat from?! I loveeee that it is all black.
Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m obsessed. It’s maxi-cosi- I linked to it in the blog post, but here it is: http://amzn.to/1Qd2VfR
What brand is the car seat that you have in the cover photo for this post? I’ve been looking for a sleek, black car seat!
We absolutely LOVE it! It’s by Maxi-Cosi- here’s the link: http://amzn.to/1Qd2VfR
What color backing does your boppy have?
After deliveries at multiple hospitals I highly recommend asking for a tour and a list of what they provide! I needed lots of clothing for my little because they did not have any and he had some major spit ups. So, valued item #2 laundry detergent to go! Those sweet little outfits I did have for him got stained after the puke bombs and no immediate treatment.
Hey! Did you actually wear your belly bandit during your hospital stay? I was trying to decide if I wanted to bring mine, if it was something I should wear right away or wait til I get home…. Thanks!! Xo
Hey there! No, I didn’t end up wearing it in the hospital- and I wouldn’t recommend it! It’s all about comfort and skin-to-skin time with your baby!! Save the belly bandit for once you get home, when you aren’t cuddling your sweet newborn :)
Hi, i’m on my way to son #2. What I’ll take in addition this time in my hospital bag: paracetamol (I refuse to wait for the nurses to come check on me specially during the night), a pacifier for the baby and a wrap for making him cosy.
Congrats on baby #2, girl!! :) Great picks, too! Gotta bring your own wrap- always a plus if it’s a cute print, too.
I would definitely add preemie size clothes too for baby! My first I was excepting all my newborn stuff to fit & she came out a healthy 5pound baby. My husband had to go get some outfits for her to wear & a coming home outfit.